Companies have been fighting GMO labeling for as long as people have wanted it, but those against GMO labeling may have just found a loophole to get the job done their way. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Nestlé officials have shown him an “extended barcode” that can be read using a smartphone or a machine. Consumers could then ‘read’ the barcode to determine whether a product contains genetically modified ingredients – WITHOUT any ‘misleading labels’. What a joke.
Before you get too excited about the possibility of GMO labeling, I have to disclose to you that the suggestion coming from US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is based on his observance of the company which wants to privatize water and believes water is not a human right.
Just in case you weren’t aware, Vilsack was appointed to his position by President Obama. He is a long time buddy of Monsanto, too. In fact, the biggest biotechnology industry group, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, once named Vilsack, Governor of the Year. He has taken away local government’s abilities to sew organic seed, and always sides with biotech, so you may want to think twice about this latest suggestion for GMO labeling.